The Leader of the Opposition and of the Liberal Democrat Group on Oldham Council, Councillor Howard Sykes MBE, has today announced the appointment of his Shadow Cabinet Team and membership of outside bodies and committees for 2018/19.
Councillor Howard Sykes said: “I am looking forward to once more leading the opposition team on Oldham Council. The Council will have a new Labour Leader and a reshuffled administration.”
“Voters can rest assured that the Oldham Liberal Democrats will remain constant in opposing waste and inefficiency and in always speaking up for fair treatment for our citizens and for value-for-money and common sense,” he added. “As ever, the Liberal Democrats remain the only party holding Labour to account on Oldham Council, and we shall continue to take that responsibility seriously.”
Shadow Cabinet Members:
|Name of Councillor||Portfolio|
|Howard Sykes MBE||Economy and Enterprise (Opposition Leader)|
|Hazel Gloster||Education and Culture|
|Julia Turner||Children’s Services|
|Garth Harkness||Employment and Skills|
|Derek Heffernan||Health and Social Care|
|Dave Murphy||Neighbourhood Services|
|Diane Williamson||Policing and Community Safety|
|Chris Gloster||Finance and Corporate Resources (Opposition Deputy Leader)|
Official Spokespersons / Lead Members on Boards and Committees:
|Name of Councillor||Board / Committee|
|Howard Sykes MBE||Transport for Greater Manchester Committee|
|Chris Gloster||Audit Committee|
|Diane Williamson||Overview and Scrutiny Board|
|Garth Harkness||Performance and Value for Money Committee|
|Hazel Gloster||Planning Committee|
|Chris Gloster||Licensing Committee|
|Diane Williamson||Standards Committee|
|Howard Sykes MBE||Health and Well-being Board|
|Dave Murphy||Petitions and Traffic Regulation Orders|
|Howard Sykes MBE||Commons Registration|
|Howard Sykes MBE||Selection|
|Hazel Gloster||GM Scrutiny Pool|
|Name of Councillor||District Executive|
|Diane Williamson||Chair, Shaw and Crompton|
|Garth Harkness||Official Spokesperson, Saddleworth and Lees|
At a Group meeting held on 9 May, the Oldham Borough Liberal Democrat Group appointed, unanimously and un-opposed, Councillor Howard Sykes MBE as their Leader and Councillor Chris Gloster as their Deputy Leader. The Group also elected its other officers for the year.
Councillor Howard Sykes said: “I am grateful to my colleagues for their unanimous support once more for my work as Group Leader. Sadly the former Deputy Leader John McCann lost his seat in last week’s local elections and I shall miss his expertise and enthusiasm, but I am looking forward to working with our new Deputy Leader, Chris Gloster.”
“I am also pleased to welcome my new ward colleague, Councillor Hazel Gloster, to the group, and to welcome back Councillor Dave Murphy. They both have proven records of working for the people of Crompton and Shaw and I know that they will make a real difference. The Liberal Democrats remain the only real opposition party holding Labour to account on Oldham Council.”
“The voters who backed us can reassured that, under my leadership, we will continue as a Group to speak out and to work as a united team. We will offer common-sense solutions to the Borough’s problems and challenge the Labour Administration to cut waste and provide the value-for-money services that the public wants.”
“As the Liberal Democrat Opposition, we shall also oppose further central government cuts to Council finances and fight plans by the Greater Manchester Mayor and Labour leaders to build thousands of houses on our irreplaceable Green Belt. And green spaces.”
The Liberal Democrat Group: Leader – Howard Sykes; Deputy Leader – Chris Gloster; Group Chair – Dave Murphy; Political Secretary – Garth Harkness; Treasurer – Hazel Gloster; Group Secretary – Diane Williamson.
I continue to do all we can to improve the First bus service on a number of routes. Below is latest about failures on 27 April.
If people let me have specific details: times, stops and dates, I am happy to take up with First and TfGM. We need and deserve a better service than we have.
Hi Councillor Sykes,
We’ve received a response from First regarding the 58/59 buses last week. Please see the email text below.
The roadworks (temp lights) on Shaw Rd caused severe delays. They had not caused us real issues before Friday but the permit changed from low impact to High impact on the day. We were unable to react quick enough to counter this change.
The following services failed:
The 1709 from Oldham was cancelled because it was 25 minutes late due to the roadworks.
1701 from Oldham cancelled because of a late meal break.
1741 from Oldham cancelled because of a late meal break.
The 409 suffered delays due to congestion in Rochdale, these could have been a mitigating factor in the late meal breaks.
I know colleagues are noting down failures and there are regular meetings where they are being discussed.